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Biologists Dig In The Dirt For Soil Microbes
2013-01-03 18:59:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Understanding biological diversity has been the key to learning how ecosystems around the world function in a sustainable manner. A team of American and Australian scientists has taken this philosophy and applied it to a section of the ecosystem that has largely been ignored, the microbial communities that lie just below our feet. “We´ve been walking around on soil since the beginning of time and never really knew...

2013-01-01 10:37:37

Provides scientists and policymakers with insights for selecting and managing conservation areas How can a square meter of meadow contain tens of species of plants? And what factors determine the number of species that live in an ecosystem? Science journal has defined this as one of the 25 most important unresolved questions in science, both for its importance in understanding nature and due to the value of natural ecosystems for mankind. The value of goods and services provided by natural...

Climate Change Is Having Major Impact On Biodiversity
2012-12-20 14:38:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Global warming is causing plant and animal species to alter their geographic ranges and the timing of key life events such as migrating, flowering, or laying eggs -- a shift that could adversely impact biodiversity as well as ecosystems, a new government report has revealed. The range and timing-related changes are occurring faster now that they were just a few years ago, report the authors of "Impacts of Climate Change on...

Great Lakes Study Highlights Environmental Threats And Challenges
2012-12-18 09:46:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team, led by the University of Michigan, has developed a comprehensive map telling the story of human impact on the Great Lakes and identifying how "environmental stressors" stretching from Minnesota to Ontario are shaping the future of an ecosystem that contains 20 percent of the world's fresh water. The map, three years in the making, was a collaborative effort with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a binational team...

2012-12-06 11:45:06

While science has often focused on big-scale, global climate change research, a study recently released in the journal Bioscience suggests that long-term, integrated and site-specific research is needed to understand how climate change affects multiple components of ecosystem structure and function, sometimes in surprising ways. “Long-term ecological research is important to understanding the effects of a changing climate on our natural resources and so much more,” said Michael...

Disappearing Savannahs Threaten African Lions
2012-12-04 15:53:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While lions have always been known as the kings of the jungle, the big cats actually roam mostly on Africa´s savannahs. And a new report from Duke University researchers suggests that those friendly environs have been disappearing at an alarming rate. According to the report, which was published recently in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, 75 percent of the continent´s savannahs have been compromised by human...

2012-12-03 13:48:40

Around the world, the effects of global climate change are increasingly evident and difficult to ignore. However, evaluations of the local effects of climate change are often confounded by natural and human induced factors that overshadow the effects of changes in climate on ecosystems. In the December issue of the journal BioScience, a group of scientists writing on long-term studies of watershed and natural elevation gradients at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire and in...

Antarctic Brine Found To Harbor Ancient Microbes
2012-11-27 09:41:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pioneering new study, which included scientists from the Desert Research Institute (DRI), The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and Michigan State University among others, has revealed for the first time a viable community of bacteria that survives and ekes out a living in a dark, salty and subfreezing environment. This community is beneath over 65 feet of ice in one of Antarctica's most isolated lakes; Lake Vida. The...

2012-11-26 14:15:23

Humans may be able to avert major environmental catastrophes that now loom if we learn to make better use of ℠borrowed time´, an eminent marine biologist will tell the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra tomorrow. “There is mounting evidence that we have already passed or may soon pass several critical boundaries affecting life on Earth, as well as our own future wellbeing,” the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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